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A couple celebrating their wedding day dropped the puck at the Ghostriders game on Friday evening in Fernie. Tim and Emma Willett, from England, were married earlier in the day at The Lost Boys cafe at Fernie Alpine Resort. The couple met at Panaroma ski resort in Invermere five years ago. Photo by D. Hamilton


RV park on the horizon By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ollowing a positive and wellreceived public hearing, a planned RV park is one step closer to coming to Fernie. The owner of the property commonly known as the wrangler or rodeo grounds is proposing to turn the lot into an RV park. Reto Barrington owns close to 30 acres of land located west of the Fernie Golf Club and north of McDougall Creek. He’s asking the City of Fernie to allow him to rezone the lot from Rural Residential to Parks and Open Space to allow for campground development. After reviewing Barrington’s proposal in December, council posted their intention to allow the rezoning and held a public hearing on January 14 to give Fernie residents a chance to weigh in. As of January 11, the City had received nine emails and eight letters, all of which were in support of the RV park. A letter submitted to the City by Melissa Mackay, owner of Grow Children’s and Maternity, supports ‘the application for the RV park, not only as a business owner, but also as someone who sits on the Board of Directors of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.’ Mackay referenced ‘the extreme lack of accommodation for recreational vehicle users and campers’ and noted that during ‘the summer months there is a steady stream of people who are on a road trip with their RVs who come into my store asking where they can camp.’ Although Mike Delich, owner of Fernie Lodging Company, gave his support, he also raised several concerns; including potential smoke drifting from the campgrounds into town, the need to hold the developer accountable for community trails that run through the land, and potentially imposing a rent charge to go towards Tourism Fernie’s marketing funds. Speaking at the public hearing, resident Bob Livsey brought up his own issue with the potential development.

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Fernie students host band concert By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


n Tuesday, January 15 talented grade six Isabella Dicken Elementary and grade seven Fernie Secondary students put on a musical performance for fellow students and their families. The school band kept the audience entertained with their favourite musical numbers.

Grade 6 and 7 students held a band concert on January 15.

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pennies, and other coins for the charity until March 1. Just gather up your pennies and other coins you want to donate and drop them in the jars on the counters. The staff will roll then and count them. If you want to gather up your pennies and have them deposited into your account, you will need to roll them yourself and bring them in. In Sparwood, the Royal Bank is also holding a penny drive, as part of their national We Day campaign which helps fund children’s programs worldwide. While the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer strike new pennies for circulation, the coins will remain legal tender. As for shoppers, nothing will change in terms of pricing if you are using debit cards, but if you pay in cash your purchase could be rounded to the nearest nickel.

New development could be coming to rural Fernie By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


new subdivision is in the works for a rural property northeast of

Fernie. The land in question is located roughly three kilometres north of the City of Fernie boundary in the Dicken Road area, northwest of Kmiecik Road. At a meeting held on January 7, council gave their support to rezone the just over 56 acre lot to allow for the subdivision of 37 strata lots, one residential acreage, and a proposed vacant remainder lot. This is not the first time development has been planned for the area. A proposal for a 55 lot subdivision was brought to the City and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in 2011, and subsequently turned down. After the Fernie Council serving at the time chose not to support it, the RDEK board of directors voted to put a halt to the development.

This time around, with a new mayor and council and Fernie’s housing options appearing limited, the subdivision may come to fruition. “I know looking around the area there is not a lot of available housing that’s going to hit the market here in the next two or three years,” said Councillor Phil Iddon. “There are a couple developments that are creeping forward, but some of them are a long ways off. I don’t know what the time frame is for this development, but I’d like to speak in favour of it, and hopefully we get a good product out of it.” City of Fernie staff have several concerns with the potential subdivision: the proposed rezoning conflicts with the Fernie Area Land Use Strategy, there are potential water and sewer system issues, and there is only single road access to the area. “I support the staff recommendation to oppose this,” stated Councillor Randall Macnair.

“It’s really inconsistent with the direction that our community as a whole has been going in for many years. It’s really forming a wedge as far as creating urban sprawl on the outskirts of our community. “It’s poor planning, I don’t think it’s necessary, and I don’t think it’s going to be a net benefit to our community.” Councillor Willard Ripley countered, “I don’t really buy into the idea that it’s urban sprawl or that it’s detrimental to the community in any way. He went on to say, “I definitely support the idea that there’s more housing and that anything on the market like that will create business and vitality in the community. I’d like to see it go ahead.” Despite staff’s recommendation and differing opinions from councillors, Fernie Council voted to advise the RDEK that they are in favour of the change. The decision was not unanimous, with Councillor Macnair voting in opposition.

Record numbers hit the pool By Jenna Jensen Contributor


record number of Sparwood families hit the pool last Saturday, for EKC's free swim day. In an effort to beat the chill of winter, remain involved in their community, promote their new branch and showcase their products and services, EKC was happy to offer the awesome day for all of Sparwood's residents. "The day was really successful, we had many people enter our draws and were happy to see all the smiling faces come and go out of the pool," said Eric Johnstone, branch manager of Sparwood and Fernie. Joining Eric on the very busy afternoon, were Tracey BrookBaker, member services leader and Megan Prueter, service rep-

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013

WestJet decision delayed By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ast Kootenay residents will have to wait a little longer to find out if a WestJet service is coming to the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Calgary-based airline WestJet has confirmed there have been some delays in announcing the launch of their regional air service. Details about WestJet’s new regional airline Encore were originally set to be released on Monday, but the first round of communities to be included in the service will not be announced until next month. WestJet is in the process of launching Encore, which is expected to begin flying in the second half of this year. Small and mid-sized communities across Canada have been lobbying to convince WestJet to include

them in the new service, and Cranbrook is still in the running. During the fall, the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce led the campaign to get East Kootenay residents who rely on the airport to show their support. Residents sent in letters to the airport and directly to WestJet, explaining what an asset the service would be for the surrounding communities and businesses. The Canadian Rockies International Airport met with WestJet several times throughout 2012, and is still in communications with the company about the possibility of bringing the regional air service to Cranbrook. WestJet Encore will likely launch with just a few destinations and then begin to expand coast-to-coast. WestJet said the regional airline has the potential to create 1,800 jobs across the country.

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$750 Referral Fee Even if you are unable to host a student yourself, we invite you to refer potential host families to us. Simply contact friends and neighbours and, if a family is interested, give us a call so we can follow up the lead. If we successfully place a student with that family you will receive $750! Some conditions apply. Nevaeh Kerkhoven, Abby Jensen and Taytum Forrester had a blast during the EKC free swim day.  Photo by J. Jensen

resentative, who were filling up balloons, passing out frisbees and greeting those who passed by their booth. "The Recreation Department reported there have been a record number of people attending the swim, which is really great to see,” said BrookBaker. We really hope everyone

had a great afternoon.” The EKC Sparwood branch management and employees would also like to thank the community for all their support, and encourage everyone to come check out all of their products and services.

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Help for the unemployed in Sparwood By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


or people living in the Elk Valley who are looking for work, there is good news. Starting in February the Elk Valley Employment Centre will be operating its mobile kiosk every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. The mobile kiosk was a pilot project initiated in July 2012. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to it, the kiosk will now be visiting Sparwood

every week during the busy months. This change in service frequency represents a simpler schedule for job seekers accessing employment services potentially closer to home. The Elk Valley Employment Centre will continue to be open in its Fernie storefront location Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both locations offer a self-serve area that includes access to job listings, resource library, on-line tools, internet, printing, faxing and computer use. Additional

support and resources are available for job seekers who are currently unemployed or underemployed and are legally eligible to work in BC. Responsible for delivering the Employment Program of BC, the Elk Valley Employment Centre offers a wide range of employment related services and supports at no charge to all British Columbians. The BC Government has announced an increase in the tuition cap for unemployed British Columbians accessing skills training through

the Employment Program of BC. That means newly registered clients receiving services through the Fernie WorkBC Employment Services Centre may now be eligible for up to a maximum of $7,500 in tuition funding for skills training. Previously, tuition support was capped at $4,000. “This change in the tuition cap will give people in this community who are looking for work a better opportunity to develop and upgrade their skills,” said Amy Boeckner, Business Services Coordinator at the Elk Valley

Employment Centre. “From chefs and cooks, to drivers and heavy duty mechanics, skilled trades are in high demand throughout the entire East Kootenays.” If you’re unemployed and looking for work, visit the storefront in Fernie at 302 C 2nd Avenue, drop-by the mobile kiosk in Sparwood, or look online at www.ekemployment. org. Otherwise call 250-423-4204 or 1-855-651-3027.

Christmas spirit funds projects for Mountainside Community Church By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


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he Christmas season and spirit helped Mountainside Community Church encourage the community of Fernie to give back to local and global causes. Over the month of December, the church was successful in raising over $20,000 to go towards three major projects. “Every year we look for a project that we can get behind where we can collectively leverage our resources to do something that really makes a life and death difference,” commented Pastor Shawn Barden. “The challenge we put out is if every person in our church bought one less gift that nobody really cares about, that

nobody needs, and we collectively pooled that money, then we could literally change lives.” The main project this year was helping out a hospital in Shikarpur, Pakistan that serves women and children.

explained Barden. “So they can only be seen by women physicians and in that culture there’s not nearly as many women physicians.” The goal was to raise $10,000 for the Shikarpur Christian

“The challenge we put out is if every person in our church bought one less gift that nobody really cares about, that nobody needs, and we collectively pooled that money, then we could literally change lives.” Shawn Barden Pastor, Mountainside Community Church

“In that culture, women are really under represented medically because normally men are not allowed to examine and treat women,”

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• Listen to your favourite music and write in your journal. • Go for a walk. • Find a hobby you enjoy and spend time doing it every week. • Write out every horrible thought in your head. Try to write out one positive for each negative thought. • Have a good cry. • Set some goals. What would you like to be doing in two, five and ten years? • Volunteer with children or seniors. • Do some heart pumping exercise. • Spend time with a dog. • Avoid too much sugar or junk food. • If you are angry with yourself for something you have done, or not done, figure out how you can make things okay. • Make a new friend. • Rent a funny movie.

Hospital, and a whopping $15,000 came in. Mountainside is also assisting a local family in the process of adopting a child with Downs Syndrome from Bulgaria. “We have a family in our church, Corey and Christine Carlson,” explained Barden. “They felt really strongly that they had a home and a family that could really change the life of a little girl from Bulgaria.” “The cost is around $40,000, so it’s a huge deal,” he added. “We

heard about this, and they’ve been sacrificing and raising money and had raised a little bit more than half. We wanted to get behind them and so we had our kids do a bunch of art projects that we auctioned off, and we were able to raise over $4,000 to give to them.” The church’s third project is sending a team to El Salvador at the end of January to build houses. Mountainside raised enough money to fund one of the houses the team will be building. “This Christmas, this little church gave women and kids in Pakistan a chance to get the medical treatment that they need, there’s a family from Fernie that is closer to changing the world of a little girl from Bulgaria, and there are people in El Salvador who are going to have a new home,” said Barden. “I just think that’s really, really great. The giving far surpassed what we thought, but it just shows we have a really generous congregation.”

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Fernie makes changes to its Resort Development Strategy By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he City of Fernie has made a few changes to its Resort Development Strategy (RDS). Working to draw new and returning visitors to the community, the RDS aims to expand and improve Fernie’s available infrastructure and services. The City adopted a five year strategy in 2009, however it was recommended by a stakeholder group that an advisory group be formed to further review and revise years two through five of the original budget. “Those two recommendations were put into place, an advisory group terms of reference were put together, and council put together a group that comprised of 10

members representing the community, council, and staff,” said Jim Hendricks, acting CAO for the City. “Between May 17 and December 13, 2012 the group met nine times, with the goal of reviewing years two through five, specific projects, and funding allocations.” The advisory group’s recommendations were brought to council on January 14 for review. The updated Resort Development Strategy sets out nine goals: increase visitor traffic in Fernie’s historic downtown, increase commercial accommodation overnight stays and revenue, increase the number of events and festivals, increase local tourism economy, increase private investment, expand recreational

opportunities and accessibility for a wider demographic, increase visitor traffic from the business and professional sectors, improve recreational infrastructure and services, and improve visitor infrastructure and services. The City of Fernie is set to receive $439,042 for 2013 from the B.C. Government’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program to go towards projects that support tourism related infrastructure and amenities. Going forward the City expects to receive an estimated annual allocation of $405,000 up until 2016. The advisory group has identified several projects that will be implemented through the RMI funding including developing and maintaining recreational trails, golf

course improvements, festival and event development, and ongoing renovations to the Downtown Museum and Information Centre.

Council agreed to move the updated RDS forward and it will now be submitted to the province for final approval.

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Say goodbye to the penny. It is being taken out of circulation next month, a victim of inflation. Whether you feel sad in a sentimental way to see the coin go, or happy that you won’t have to carry round that dead weight that just ends up cluttering your dresser, the truth is, the penny has no monetary value anymore. If you see a penny on the ground, do you even stop to pick it up anymore? If not then that is a sure enough sign that it has no perceived value these days. The last penny was pressed at The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg in May last year, ending 150 years of production, and tradition. The penny was introduced in 1858 and was designed to serve as a unit of measurement for Canadian traders and merchants—one penny was exactly one-inch wide, and 100 coins equaled one pound in weight. Its modern, slimmed-down version was introduced in 1920, after the price of copper sharply rose. The decision to get rid of the penny, of course, came down to production costs. A penny costs about 1.6 cents to make, and its elimination will save the government more than $11 million a year. The Mint has started recovering rolls of pennies from banks. The coins will be melted down and the metal sold off. Canada joins a number of countries that have eliminated their one-cent coin including Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Penny boosters say the loss of the coin could lead to inflation, saying retailers will be inclined to mark up by five cents, instead of just one. But the experience in those other countries that have dropped low-denomination coins suggests that rounding will be fair and there will be very little impact on inflation. As for those jars, boxes and bags of pennies sitting in countless drawers across the country, how about putting them to good use? Drop them in at Elk Valley banks and they will go to charity. The disappearing penny will likely have little economic impact, but it may require some cultural adjustments. Penny candy? A relic of the past. The penny arcade? Already gone. And some old adages will likely fade away, too. What are people going to pinch? Will thoughts now cost a nickel? See a penny? Leave it. Penny-wise? Just foolish. Take care of the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves? A penny saved is ... not much.

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Letters to the Editor All rights should be equal The First Nations appear to be on the ‘warpath’, letting the white man know that they are not satisfied with the status quo, but the white man has some issues also. For instance, how come the aboriginals have the right to control the nation’s natural resources? Next, they complain about their living conditions on the reserves, but they do not explain why they are not personally responsible for these conditions and why they are not fixing the situation themselves instead of asking for more government handouts. In our world, if we are not satisfied with the living conditions or the lack of employment in our area, we simply move to a more suitable place, but the aboriginals are shackled by the reserve system and still they want to maintain

this system rather than integrating with the rest of us Canadians. Yes they have rights, but those rights should not be at the expense of the majority, and at present it appears that they have more rights than the rest of us in Canada. If we were to blockade any reserve they would call foul and we would face criminal charges. We are all Canadians, some by birth and others by choice, so we should all benefit from our democratic way of life equally and not by ancient and completely wornout treaties that are 200 years old. My wife is of native heritage and is rightly proud of her heritage and I am proud to support her, but this show of ingratitude and the apparent lack of self-determination by the natives only diminishes the respect that these great people

deserve. The aboriginals would do well to follow the Osoyoos band and learn how they have prospered by developing their land and have become a great asset to the whole Okanagan community and to their reserve as well. My hat is off to these hard-working natives and I wish them well in the future. Donald Thorsteinson Oliver


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Joe Sawchuk’s letter to The Free Press faults me for not explaining why I think the B.C. Liberals have little chance of being re-elected in May 2013 and he then lists a number of occasions when the NDP has lost elections in various other provinces, apparently as the reason why they will lose next May in B.C. Well, I don’t think other provinces’ historical changing of the guard is the determining factor in who is first past the post in B.C. elections. I was going by the latest polls reported in the media and the list of present B.C. Liberal MLAs who have announced they are retiring (while still undefeated)

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and will not run in the 2013 election. I expect the B.C. Liberals’ loss of popularity, as indicated by the polls, is a result of their failure to achieve what they promised to do, like magically increase revenue by reducing income tax or doing something they indicated they would not, like implementing the HST. Here is how the increase in revenue went. According to the Tyee, when the B.C. Liberals took over the government in 2001, they discovered the NDP had left them a surplus of $1.5 billion for that year. That could be the only significant annual surplus a B.C. government ever had. Ironically, Gordon Campbell reacted by announcing it’s even worse than we thought so we will have to reduce income tax even more in order to balance the budget. Also according to the Tyee, the total provincial debt that had been accumulating since the social credit days was $31.8 billion in May 2001 when the B.C. Liberals took over. Keith Baldry, Global’s legislative reporter, plays a part in the revenue picture because he praised the virtues of the B.C. Liberals leading up to 2001 election and was given some credit for the NDP defeat. He continued enthusiastically supporting the Liberals well into their second term. However, in the summer of 2009, after the B.C. Liberals were in their third term, I heard Mr. Baldry announce that the total provincial debt had reached $60 billion and was expected to reach $80 billion by 2013. After all his enthusiastic support, it must have been crushing for him to admit that. If our total provincial debt

is $80 billion and the interest rate is 5 per cent it is costing taxpayers $4 billion annually to float the loan and $4 billion, strangely, is the average annual deficit you get going from a debt of $31.8 billion in 2001 to $80 billion in 2013. Re-elect the Liberals, reduce income tax to the wealthy a bit more, and maybe we can pay $5 billion in interest annually. I have never heard a B.C. Liberal mention the total B.C. debt, but I have heard some promise to balance the

budget. An annual deficit averaging $4 billion doesn’t sound balanced to me. Maybe it can be made to look smaller after they get rid of John Doyle, the present Auditor General who has had the audacity to criticize the B.C. Liberals’ monetary shenanigans and creative accounting. Respectfully, Peter Ross Creston

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Infants (2+under) FREE Preschool (3-5 years) $ 2.50 Child (6-12 years) $ 3.50 Student ActiveisLiving Passes The District $of4.25 Sparwood pleased to announce the (13-25 years with student card) Student/Senior 1 Month $ 50.00 Annual $ 300.00 Senior Adult and identity. 1Month“We’re $ 67.00 now Annual $ 400.00 launch of its$ 4.25 new brand Adult $ 5.50 Family 1Month $ 134.00 Annual $ 800.00 Family $ 11.00 to Drop ideally positioned clearly and consistently share our In Tickets (12 pack) Climbing Wall/Wallyball $ 3.50 Child $ 35.00 community’s story,” said Terry Melcer, The District of $ 42.50 Student /Senior Adult $ 55.00 Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Officer. Family $ 110.00 One Month Passes Preschool $ 18.00 Unlike many community Child brands, Sparwood’s brand has $ 27.00 Student /Senior $ 34.00 not been developed Adult primarily to increase tourism or $ 45.00 No School Friday February 15, 2013 Family $ 90.00 1:00 - 3:00 pm attract destination visitors. Rather, its brand development Arena Season Passes Learn the ancient art of paper folding. This program is forischildren ages 7-12 its distinctive Child $ 43.00 to strengthen characteristics, demonstrate years old. Cost includes instruction Student /Senior $ 56.00 and materials. Adult $ 83.25 a desire to continue to develop economic diversity, and Registration: $15.00 Family $ 134.00

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7:00 - 10:00 Early Bird Swim Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 - 9:30 Gentle Fit Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Aquat Fit Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Lanes & Leisure Monday to Friday Racquet Ball & Squash Courts Melcer. “This allows our- 1:00 brandLane to resonate with ourtomost 12:00 Swim Monday Friday Student /Senior Drop-In $ 7.50 12:00 - 2:00 Family Swim Sunday 10 Punch Card $ 60.00 important audience1:00 first- — own community.” 2:00ourLane Swim Saturday Adult (AM) Drop-In $ 7.50 1:00 3:00 Lanes & Leisure Tuesday & Thursday Adult (PM) Drop-In $ 9.00 2:00 5:30 Public Swim Saturday 10 Punch Card $ 72.00 The initial results of2:00 the -branding exercise include 4:30 Public Swim Sunday a new 4:30 - 5:30 Kayaking Sunday logo, new taglines,4:00 a community - 5:30 Freewebsite, Public Swimprofessional Friday 5:30 - 6:30 Lane Swim Monday to Sunday images, posters, trade show materials, ads, and other 6:30 - 8:00 Public Swim Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30 - 9:00 Public Swim Thursday, Friday & Saturday informational collateral, as well as recommendations on February 10th, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 Hot Tub Only Wednesday Sunday 4:00 - 6:00 pm 8:00 - 9:00 14+ Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday implement brand as the community moves Join us as we learn how tohow make to authentic Potato the 8:00 - 9:00 Aquafit Tuesday & Cheese Perogies. Lyudmyla Voronina better forward and begins to proactively share its story. Hot tub special only $2.25 after 8:00 pm known as “Lucy” who is from Donetsk, Ukraine will show us how she makes perogies, just like Baba Aquafit - Main pool open for participants only, with sauna, hot tub & makes. Not only will you get to taste what you tot pool available “We’re not for intent developing a tourism Freestrictly child minding for childrenas 3 and over during morning aquafit cook, you will be able to take some home your on Additional public swim on statutory holidays 1:00 - 4:00 pm family to enjoy! community,” says Melcer. “But intentFridays on 1:00 - 3:00 pm School District #5we non are instructional Registration: $35.00

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• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00pm to 1:00PM- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm- Dominos Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 12:00pm- Ladies Shinny Elkford Arena • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:30am to 11:15am- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • All Day Pasta at Boston Pizza • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00pm- Wing Night The Pub Park Place Lodge

• 6:30 pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 8:45am to 9:30am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10:00am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 12:00pm Public Skating Elkford Arena • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:15pm to 2:30pm- Skate & Shoot Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00pm to 6:00pm- Preschool Drop In Hockey, Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00 pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public

• 10:30am to 11:15am- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:30 am – Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Shinny Elkford Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00 pm- Baby Back Ribs Night Max Restaurant • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm- Drop-In Curling Fernie Curling Club • 7:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 9:30pm-11:00pm- Adult Rec Hockey Sparwood Leisure Centre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30 am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 11:00am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Heritage Library • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00pm to 5:30pm- Free Public

Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:15pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion 8:00pm to 9:00pm- Teen/Adult Swim Elkford Pool


• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00pm to 3:45pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00pm to 5:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:30pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00pm to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie & Sparwood Legions • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 5:00pm- Prime Rib Night Max Restaurant Park Place Lodge • 5:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:45pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 12:00pm to 2:00pm- Family Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 2:00pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15pm to 4:00pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm to 4:45pm- Public Skating




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Classical Pianist, Ang Li playing at Mountainside Church, Fernie, 7pm Retirement Planning Seminar, Park Place Lodge, 6:00pm8:00pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Memorial Arena, 7:30 pm Judo Tournament, Fernie Secondary School Cross Country Skiing for Children at Fernie Golf Course, 10:00am-1:00pm Ukranian Dinner, Fernie Legion, Book by Jan. 24th Kokanee Snowdreams Festival, Fernie Alpine Resort Fernie Ghostriders vs Kimberley Dynamiters, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30 pm Griz Inn 30th Anniversary Celebration, Fernie Alpine Resort Elkford Council Meeting, 6:00pm ElkValley Hospice Information Social 6:30pm, Park Place Lodge in Fernie Fernie Council Meeting, 7:00pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7:00pm Family Literacy Program, Hosmer Community Centre, 9:00am-11:00am English as a Second Language (Free), IDES Library, 7:00pm-9:00pm New Gallery Pat Luders Opening The Arts Station


Wildcat Curling Bonspiel, Elkford Curling Rink

Notice of Intention to provide assistance under a partnering agreement.

City Council Meeting Schedule January 2013 6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to Tourism Fernie under the terms of a partnering agreement pursuant to S. 21 of the Community Charter for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Winter Day and Evening Local Shuttle Service between the City and Fernie Alpine Resort, for the 2012/13 operating (ski) season with an option for the agreement to be extended to include the 2013/14 and 2014/15 operating (ski) seasons at the discretion of the City, providing for payment by the City to Tourism Fernie the sum of $50,000 per operating season to partially pay the costs of providing the Service.

Funding for the Service comes from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative and the service is an approved project in the Fernie and Area Resort Development Strategy. A complete copy of the proposed partnering agreement can be viewed at the office of the undersigned at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, during regular business hours. This is the second and last of two notices, dated this the 24th day of January, 2013.

The 2013 annual Utility charges for single family dwellings and residential strata units are set out below. A 5% discount is available if the full year is paid no later than February 28, 2013. Single Family Dwelling - Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/sewer/garbage) If paid by February 28, 2013 Single Family Dwelling – West Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/garbage) If paid by February 28, 2013 Residential Strata Unit - Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/sewer) If paid by February 28, 2013

$629.52 $598.04

SAVE $31.48

$410.04 $389.54

SAVE $20.50

$559.80 $531.81

SAVE $27.99

The 5% discount is also available for business and all other classes of Utility accounts. Please contact City Hall at 250 423.6817 or for more information.

Auxiliary Fighters Needed Fernie Fire Rescue – Auxiliary Fighters Needed • Be part of the community • Be part of our team • Be a Volunteer Firefighter!

Fernie Fire Rescue is seeking both men & women to join. Drop by your local Fire Hall, or contact Shawn Ivany, Fire Chief at 250 423.4226

Employment Opportunity Fernie Mine Rescue Committee - Coordinator

The Fernie Mine Rescue Committee in conjunction with the City of Fernie is seeking an individual to take on the part time - temporary contract position of “Coordinator” for the upcoming Fernie Mine Rescue Competition to be held September 6 -7, 2013.

This position has a wage rate of $20.00 per hour and is scheduled to start on or about March 1, 2013 and end no later than September 30, 2013. We require an energetic, highly organized individual with good communications skills, computer proficiency, who is able to work with minimal supervision. Familiarity with the Biennial Fernie Mine Rescue Competition or previous experience organizing conferences or events is desired.

Applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter not later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 to the attention of Mr. Jim Hendricks. For more details, regarding the position please contact Mr. Hendricks at or 250 423-2223.

Fernie Memorial Arena Winter Public Program Schedule

Days of the Week No School Friday Friday Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Sunday

Jim Hendricks, Acting CAO

Pay Your Annual Utilities by February 28th and Save!

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013

Public Skating Noon - 12:45 pm 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Adult Shinny

Youth Shinny 10:45 am - 11:45 am

8:45 am - 10:15 pm

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm 250-423-4666 ext 228

Fernie Aquatic Centre Winter 2013 Swim Schedule January 5 to March 9, 2013






PUBLIC SWIM 6:30 am to 1:00 pm 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm * At least one lane of the main pool is available during Public Swim for laps.* * During Public Swim times there may be shared use of the facilities due to organized instructional programs.* No public swim times from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS Lessons Sets Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am -10:00 am 10:00 am - 10:30 am 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Check for levels for each time slot

Check Out our great selection of swimsuits and goggles Sat - Sun Public Swim 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm 250 423 4466 ext 0

Water Fit Classes ACTIVE FIT Mon /Wed 8:30 to 9:15 am “New” Aqua Blast Fri 8:30 to 9:15 am *Try our different and fun Water Fit workout * Gentle Fit Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:30 to 11:15 am

WATER SLIDE HOURS Mon - Fri 4:00 - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun 3:30 -8:00 pm $2.50 Swim 7:30 to 8:00 pm Daily



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Upcoming Meetings of Council




January 14 - March 7, 2013 Monday & Wednesday 7:15 - 8:00 pm or 8:15 - 9:00 pm Tuesday 5:45—6:30 am & Thursday 9:00 - 9:45 am Class Fee: $7.00 per class or $70.00 for a 11 class punch card

Join this 45 minute athletic, cardiovascular, fun class; the ultimate calorie burner. Start pedaling and let’s go as the music takes

you on the ride of your life using different speeds and intensities.

Course will cover information on whitewater kayaking/play boating. Work on boat movement, maneuverability,

Personal Spin Trainers welcome, no booking required.

river theory and moves, stunts, rolling and rescue techniques. A limited number of kayaks are available and you are encouraged to bring your own. Cost: 35.00


Sunday March 3, 2013 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Always wanted to host a wine and cheese party? Now’s your chance to pair wine with cheese and wine with chocolate!

Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:15 pm

Keeping things local we will enjoy five BC wine pairings and learn the basics for your pleasure. We will cover general guidelines for pairing and share a few simple recipes to wow your guests! Registration: $40.00


This class will encourage you to become familiar with what your body needs as well as offer a comfortable non-judgmental environment. The level of your flexibility is not a measure of who we are, but rather

an opportunity to unwind and see our true potential. This class will give participants an opportunity to work with others as they get to know and understand their own unique bodies. Everyone is welcome! Drop in or Active Living Pass


Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 am Senior Citizen’s Drop In Centre

Have fun and move to the music! This group exercise class is designed to help older adults maintain their cardiovascular

health, strength and flexibility. Whether you are a veteran to the gym or a newcomer we welcome you to come out and enjoy the benefits of working out in a group setting. Cost: $2.00 Drop-in


Thursdays 9:30 - 11:00 pm

Don’t miss out on this drop in program. Bring your sticks and your gear and enjoy

some time on the ice. Cost: $5.50 or Active Living Pass


Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

This program provides an opportunity for parents and their preschoolers to try out hockey.

Monday, January 28, 2013 Public Relations Commmittee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, February 4, 2013 Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, February 18, 2013 Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, February 25, 2013 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm


Go at your own pace and enjoy a group exercise session full of motivation and sweat. Bikes can be booked 48 hours in advance of the class you wish to attend. Have your own trainer?


January 16 - February 13, 2013 Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm

(in Council Chambers)

Helmets, gloves and sticks are mandatory. Other protective equipment is recommended. Cost: Regular Admission

Buy a Rain Barrel – Some are currently available at Alpine Lumber, right here in Sparwood! Paint the Rain Barrel – Find an artist or even an employee that will paint the barrel for you. Send the following information to Rose Sharma ( before April 5 • • • •

Photo of Painted Barrel Artist’s Name Sponsor’s Name Display Location – If you don’t have somewhere to display your barrel publicly, we will find a great spot for it.

We will send you a Silent Auction Sign-Up Sheet to display beside your barrel so you can start collecting bids right away! Collect bids until Arts & Culture Week (April 15-19). Send your bid sheet to Rose Sharma on April 22. We will contact the winners and let them know where to pick up their barrel! Half of all of the money raised will go to the Sparwood Arts Council. Sparwood residents that bid on the barrel will be entered into a draw to win a great water smart prize!

PAY YOUR UTILITIES EARLY AND SAVE! The 2013 Utility rates for single family dwellings and strata units are set out below. A 10% discount, is available for the whole amount, or any portion thereof, provided it is paid no later than January 31, 2013. Single Family Residence 2013 Water/Sewer/Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2013

$776.40 $698.76

Save $77.64

$745.80 $671.22

Save $74.58

Strata Unit 2013 Water/Sewer/Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2013

Residences receiving Water and Garbage Services only 2013 Water/Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2013

$526.80 $474.12

Save $52.68

$332.40 $299.16

Save $33.24

Residences receiving Garbage services only 2013 Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2013

Discounts apply only if 2012 utilities have been paid in full, payment will be applied first to any outstanding 2012 utilities transferred to tax accounts. Discounts are available to all commercial accounts as well.


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013

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A greener community By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ith council’s approval of a new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), the City of Fernie is working towards a greener community. At a workshop held on December 3, 2012, City staff, the mayor, and a representative from the Official Community Plan Implementation Committee (OCPIC) met with BC Hydro. After looking at the community’s energy and emissions data they created an action plan to create a more energy efficient Fernie. “It’s a comprehensive long term plan to improve energy efficiency and the use of greenhouse gas emissions and foster local green energy

solutions,” explained Jim Hendricks, acting CAO for the City. “This initiative was brought out as a result of our commitment in the Official

Bill 27 Green Communities amendment. Through the planning process, the actions set out in Fernie’s CEEP are focused

“It’s a comprehensive long term plan to improve energy efficiency and the use of greenhouse gas emissions and foster local green energy solutions.” Jim Hendricks Acting CAO, City of Fernie

Community Plan (OCP).” Fernie’s current OCP sets a goal reduction in green house gas emissions of six per cent. All local governments throughout the province have established greenhouse gas emission reduction targets as required through the Local Government Act,

on meeting several objectives: facilitate increased active transportation options, energy efficient development, and mixed-use neighbourhoods, reduce the cost of infrastructure expansion, identify economic development opportunities, and further develop Fernie’s ‘brand’


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he Fernie Nordic Society is holding a day of teamwork, fun, competition and cross-country skiing for kids this weekend. Come out and let your little ones participate in the team sprint, obstacle course or ski orienteering activities on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The events will be held at the golf course in Fernie and are free for members or $5 for non-members. There will be refreshments, lunch and prizes. To register email info@fernienordic. com


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as a vibrant and active community. The CEEP outlines steps to be taken from now until 2017. Some of the actions set for 2013 include educating developers on renewable energy technologies and efficiencies, active transportation planning, and long-term community engagement. With a review of Fernie’s OCP underway, many of the policy-based actions will have the potential to be included in the new OCP immediately and implemented as the community continues to grow. The CEEP expects to allow the community of Fernie to not only meet, but exceed, the six per cent reduction target by 2020.

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013

A dragon makes a family day debut By Jenna Jensen Contributor


aised in Sparwood, Daniel and Aaron Kozler, along with their father Scott had great memories of their yearly winter tradition of building sculptures and forts in the snow. As the boys grew up, their tradition slowly stopped, until now, when their father's ritual turned their yard into a detailed art display after their family got together for a day of fun and creativity, reviving customs of the past and creating a local marvel. Daniel, now 24, lives in Sparwood with his wife Sheri and their kids and Aaron, 25, has spent years away, moving to Gagetown, New Brunswick, and serving in the army in Afghanistan. After being on tour for almost a year, and back in the base in Gagetown, Aaron made the trip to Sparwood and surprised his family with a visit. "His visits generally aren't for too long, and can be pretty hectic sometimes, as he wants to see the many people that he grew up to know and love around here,” said Sheri. “So, with his visiting schedule down to about once a year at most, we decided to pick up the old family tradition and take a family day to build a snow dragon.”

This detailed dragon has been drawing in locals to check out the amazing, snowy display.

So out they went, picking back up where they left off years ago. After about six hours sculpting, moving snow and painting, a massive dragon was born. "We have had many people already stopping by our house to ask if they can

take a picture,” said Sheri. “I'm sure that in the next few days we will be putting up a silly sign saying, 'please don't feed the dragon.' For us, everything is fun and games in our lives, and that's what keeps us young.”

Photo by Sheri Kozler

The dragon, which is soon to get wings, was created out of the snow piles from the plows and now sits at 20 ft long, and 5 ft high and amazes all those that pass by. The local wonder can be seen in downtown Sparwood, until the snow melts of course.


Bingay Main Coal Project Public Comments Invited As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Bingay Main Coal Project located in British Columbia on January 18, 2013. The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment. The public can review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, a document that identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent’s EIS. Centremount Coal Limited is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open pit and underground coal mine located approximately 21 kilometres north of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. The proposed project would produce 2 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year over a mine life of 20 years. Written comments must be submitted by February 17, 2013 to: Bingay Main Coal Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 410 - 701 West Georgia Street Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6 Telephone: 604-666-2431 Fax: 604-666-6990 To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency’s website at (registry reference number 80024). All comments received will be considered public. Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations: Elkford Public Library 816 Michel Road Elkford BC

Sparwood Public Library 110 Pine Avenue Sparwood BC

Fernie Public Library 492 3rd. Ave Fernie BC

Cranbrook Public Library 1212 2nd Street North Cranbrook BC

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the second of four opportunities for Canadians to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period related to the EIS will be announced later. Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada’s strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up and increased fines.



reaty negotiations between Canada, BC and the Ktunaxa were recently in the news and some citizens have made public statements that are partly true and partly wrong. In this short space, I will try to provide accurate information on treaty negotiations, as well as where I stand as MLA. MLA First off, there is no final treaty, Bill Bennett we are years away from a final treaty and there may or may not be a final treaty. Next, some history. A profound event happened in 1982 that influences how governments work with First Nations. Our Canadian Constitution was changed to recognize aboriginal rights and a unique aboriginal interest in crown land. Since 1982, in hundreds of legal cases, the courts have interpreted what those rights and title interests mean. This makes it difficult to know what government’s responsibilities are. Bottom line, BC is legally obligated to consult with First Nations on almost everything that is proposed for crown land. And the theory is, treaties bring more certainty. While it is true BC could leave the Canada-BC treaty process, the Supreme Court of Canada has said repeatedly, aboriginal rights and title issues are better resolved by negotiated treaties than court actions. And since BC loses most court actions, it makes more sense to try to negotiate treaties. Better these important matters are in the hands of democratically elected Canadian, BC and First Nations governments, than the courts. Unlike all other provinces, BC has very few treaties. In the 1700’s and 1800’s when other provinces were negotiating treaties, Canada and BC negotiated treaties only in the Peace and on southern Vancouver Island. This makes our situation in BC much more complex and challenging. The treaty process in BC has not been particularly productive, with only 2 treaties negotiated since the Canada-BC process started. However, it took Canada and BC over 100 years to get into this situation and the job is incredibly complex and difficult. The current status of the Ktunaxa negotiations is that the three governments have agreed tentatively on a 33,458 hectare package of land that represents less than ½% of the traditional territory once occupied by the Ktunaxa. No land has been transferred or will

be any time soon. Approximately 22,000 hectares are located in three large rural blocks in the Goat, Flathead, and Madias-Tatley River watersheds. The remaining parcels are smaller and are distributed throughout the east and west Kootenays. The land scattered around Jimsmith Lake and New Lake, which has been controversial in Cranbrook, consists of 867 hectares. The land portion of a treaty is negotiated by starting with the 6.6 million hectares of traditional territory, then removing chunks. All private land and forest roads are removed, as are critical wildlife habitat, parks, protected areas, transmission lines, and formalized recreation areas (example, Cranbrook Community Forest). Local government and the forest, agriculture, mining and tourism industries have been consulted on the choice of land for the tentative package. It is my longstanding view that the public should have more information about land being considered. However, when the NDP started the Ktunaxa process before I was MLA, the negotiators signed an agreement that the participants cannot disclose maps. This has been a source of frustration to me as MLA and to many in the public. I agree with my friend, former MP, Jim Abbott, who has long stood up for the public on this issue, that the public should have ample opportunity to understand what is being negotiated, including impacts on access to crown land. I now have maps at my MLA office which show the tentative land package. I invite my constituents to come into my office in Cranbrook to view the maps. I strongly believe that maps should be put up on a web site for easier viewing, but the agreement cannot be arbitrarily changed. All 3 parties must agree. If there is eventually a final treaty, Ktunaxa land will be of two types: public and private. I am told most land will be classified as public and will continue to be accessible for public recreation. This is obviously an important point and one that I will be focusing on in my endeavors on behalf of my constituents. I support trying to make the treaty process more effective, because I don’t think we should be allowing the courts to make such important decisions and because BC needs the certainty over crown land use. The future of our economy and the frankly the future prosperity of First Nations people depends on effective access to crown land. Please contact me at if you have questions or comments.

Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013


Pet therapy brings smiles for seniors By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


very month a group of cuddly animals pay a visit to Rocky Mountain Village. Led by pet therapy representative Cathy Smith-Clark, the animals are there to interact with Fernie seniors. Smith-Clark said the mild form of therapy can do more than just bring a smile to a person’s face. “When a human pets or strokes an animal their heart rate and blood pressure goes down. Also, oxytocin is released by both the human and animal,” she explained. “Nurses tell me some people never smile or laugh until they communicate with an animal.” The seniors that attend get the chance to watch the animals from their walkers and wheelchairs, feed them treats, and hold them on their laps. At the latest pet therapy session on January 18, SmithClark brought along Precious, a trained rag doll cat who has been doing pet visits for three years, and Shorty, a dog who has been entertaining seniors with her tricks for 14 years. Also making an appearance as a special guest was Rebel, an eight-week old Chihuahua-Terrier cross. Smith-Clark believes the animals get just as much out of the visit as the seniors do. “Puppies learn to forever love people in wheelchairs and find them friendly contraptions.” Smith-Clark began pet therapy in Fernie 19 years ago. Her very first session was with a baby llama at the Elk Valley Hospital’s Extended Care. Over the years she has spent time at the hospital and Tom Uphill Home, before moving to the Rocky Mountain Village. Some of the pet guests have included Golden Retriever puppies,  orphaned kittens, a ferret, a white rat, angora bunnies, and doves. “The animals are all healthy, clean, groomed, trained, gentle, dependable, and safe,” said SmithClark. She also brings along an album filled with pictures of pets and encourages the seniors to tell stories of pets they have owned. New to pet therapy is the inclusion of a puppy training program, where the seniors can watch and participate as the pets learn basic tricks.

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Endless possibilities at Infinitea By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ernie’s newest tea shop is serving up more than just drinks. Infinitea T-Bar and Boutique’s menu offers everything from tapas, desserts, and alcoholic beverages, to artwork, jewellery, and accessories crafted by local artisans, and of course, coffee and tea. It all began as an idea dreamed up by owner Stephanie Fleming years ago. “I’ve always loved tea,” remarked Fleming. “I wanted to get back to the idea of actually having tea as an experience. “I really like the idea of having a place where people can come and feel like they’re in a lounge room, and feel like they could take their shoes off and actually have a visit with their friends.” The dream turned into reality when Fleming and co-owner Coralee Salomons opened the doors to Infinitea in November. The casual interior is undoubtedly inviting, with warm colours, soft lighting, and plenty of pillows lining the cushy sofas. The walls are adorned with an eclectic mix of paintings, crafts, hula-hoops, fairy wings, and toques - and every-

thing is for sale. “They’re all made by local people,” Fleming explained. “People choose Fernie for the beautiful place, for the lifestyle, and they sometimes do that secondary to their career or their talents. “I wanted to give people a space where they could do some of those talents on the side.” Infinitea is working to keep things as local as possible. All of their teas come from Nelson, they use and sell West Fernie honey, and their coffee is made in the Crowsnest Pass. Fleming remarked, “We’re trying to create a network of small businesses that are all helping each other out, which means you get a really good product as well.” The motto is ‘everything you can imagine’, and it certainly seems fitting. With weekly workshops, a wide selection of games and books for customers to enjoy, and acoustic live music playing every Friday night, Fleming said the goal is to give Fernie locals different and new opportunities to engage with each other. “Sometimes Fernie can be a very closed community in terms of what there is to do. If you don’t


snowboard or ski you’re a little bit stuck in the winter,” Fleming said. “There’s a lot of bars, but there’s not really a place where you can get to know someone better or do different things. “Here, you can come and interact with your friends in a more creative and more stimulating way, rather than standing next to each other at a bar.” Fleming went on to say that Infinitea is only in its first stage. “This whole idea of Infinitea, even behind the name itself, is that it just keeps growing, it keeps expanding.” Fleming and Salomons have big plans for Infinitea’s future, including installing a projector and screen for movie nights, selling second-hand clothing, and adding on new workshops and cooking classes. “I think in Fernie, for it to be a long-term business and for us to keep going for a long time, you have to really diversify yourself,” said Fleming. “You can’t focus on any one thing, you can’t just sell tea and coffee, you have to do a bit of everything.” Infinitea is located on Fifth Street beside The Royal and is open daily from 11 a.m. until late.

Infinitea owner Stephanie Fleming.

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Skating with the Ghostriders By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ome very happy elementary students hit the ice at Fernie Memorial Arena with the Ghostriders on Monday. Throughout the month of January, all of the students from Isabella Dicken Elementary School will get a chance to skate with members of the Junior B hockey team. Each elementary class will spend an afternoon playing games and sharpening their skating skills.

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(Celebrating 115 years of serving the Elk Valley.)

From the day we printed our very first paper — back in 1898, The Free Press has reported on events, stories and legends of the Elk Valley for over 115 years. We are one of the oldest newspapers in Canada.

We have followed stories from the spectacular to the every day, we’ve printed it all, each week: our politicians’ plans, the public’s questions, main street businesses on their way up and local careers on their way down, the hottest days of summer and deepest snows of winter. We’ve followed crimes and punishments, performances and players, our hometown teams’ victories, overseas wars, Canadian news, and B.C. views. We’ve celebrated community underdogs who’ve won and mourned lost loved ones. After more than a century we’re still doing our very best to be the Elk Valley’s newspaper. Your newspaper

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Rum Runner Days’ fate in limbo By Joni MacFarlane Crowsnest Pass Promoter


brief and ultimately indecisive discussion took place last week on the fate and funding of Rum Runner Days festivities. During budget discussions, administration recommended municipal funding for 2013 Rum Runner Days be reduced to $4,500 from $40,000. The recommendation was made to match annual funding levels given to other community organizations who put on events such as Bellecrest Days, Canada Day and Pumpkins in the Park, said Chief Administrative Officer Myron Thompson. “Without a community events strategy in place or without external organizations coming forward to take some initiative, we feel that this funding reduction could be considered,” Thompson said.

Last year, council decided to put off the popular Thunder in the Valley fireworks show, citing safety and financial concerns. A reduced Rum Runner Days weekend was held and the financial report released in November, showed that it cost taxpayers $44,000 plus a municipal contribution of $40,000. On January 17, some council members said they needed to have a discussion on the issue when they had more time. Mayor Bruce Decoux questioned how Rum Runner Days had become so heavily funded compared to other community events. Marion Vanoni, director of finance and corporate services, told council she was involved in the event since 1981 when a committee of the Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce organized it.

Eventually, she said, as the event grew, the Chamber asked for council’s support. “At that point, our committee switched from being under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce to be more overlooked by the council, simply because of the type of event with the fireworks and the need to try and put more money into keeping people for the whole weekend,” said Vanoni. “As that evolved, more participation in kind came from the municipality funding as you see it now. We were considered to be more of a draw for outside people to come in, more economic, as opposed to Coleman and Bellevue which were more local community-knit events.” Mayor Decoux agreed council would need more time to discuss funding levels but stressed that council did not cancel the fire-

works display. “There seems to be a misconception here. This council deferred Rum Runner fireworks for a year. That means for that year it was cancelled. It was deferred until another year,” said Mayor Decoux. “Due to circumstances, we no longer have the ability to put on the fireworks locally but there are many, many fireworks experts available. That does not preclude that Rum Runners’ group from raising money and hiring a group to do that. I hate to see that thing disappear forever. There’s nothing that says they cannot stage the whole thing again under the new bylaws, under the new safety precautions that are in place.” Mayor Decoux went on to say that he had hoped to stage a Jamboree next summer in conjunction with Rum Runner Days, but “the exhibition group backed out

until after the inspection that was instigated by the ratepayers group.” Councillor Saindon, who was Chair of the 2012 Rum Runner Days, said there had been no response from committee members to an email sent out on January 10. “This is up to the public, this is a volunteer situation, this is not a council endeavour,” said Mayor Decoux. “If the public wishes to hold it, that’s fine. The rules and regulations and safety precautions are in place as is required by the province and it’s up to the Rum Runners [committee].”

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RV park on Fernie’s horizon Award-winning pianist Continued from page 1

“I’ve been monitoring a heron rookery which is located right next to McDougall Creek on this property,” said Livsey. “My major concern is that once there are 200 campsites here that the human intrusion is going to be such that these herons will leave. They will abandon their young and they will relocate.” Livsey went on to say, “I realize in this area, having worked at Fernie Provincial Park last year, that we do have quite a shortage of campsites. It’s something we need, so

I’m not totally against it, I just wish that the location wasn’t intruding on this particular species.” Barrington reassured council and the public in attendance that he is aware of animal populations in the area and that a wildlife identification study would be done before any development is done to a particular portion of the lot. “I’m very mindful of the serious nature of the protection of that habitat and we do take it seriously,” stated Barrington. “We do believe that we’ve taken such steps that are necessary to anticipate a thorough review and what the appropriate action You are invited to an introduction social on might be to preserve that habitat, as Elk Valley Hospice well as the other habitats of animal, Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm bird, and fish populations that might be affected by any development.” at the ‘Fireside Lounge’, Park Place Lodge. A proposed Section 219 Covenant Light finger foods - cash bar. is set to be registered on-title of the Elk Valley Hospice trained volunteers provide property to deal with several of the understanding and friendship by helping issues brought up by the public during people live with dignity. the hearing, and previously by council; including the presence of on-site wetThe Hospice offers an empathetic listner lands and tree preservation areas that who can talk and hear about dying. It can also require protection from development, provide much needed respite time to give the development on a site situated in the caregiver some personal time away from the 200-year floodplain of the Elk River, situation. the sufficient grade and width of access Supporting all faiths and spiritual beliefs and roads, and emergency vehicle access. grief support offer by trained facilitators, Council voted to refer the bylaw Hospice can also provide emotional support amendment to rezone the property for loved ones and how to cope with grief to the Ministry of Transportation and and end of life issues. Infrastructure for approval, however they will not consider adopting the bylaw until the Section 219 Covenant is For more information contact: Oz Parsons 250-423-3769 or 250-278-0395. Email: registered on-title.

returns to Fernie By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ernie will get the chance to host classical pianist Ang Li for the second time tonight. The 88 Keys Grand Piano Society is thrilled to be putting on another show by the international awardwinning performer. Just one year ago Li captivated Fernie audiences and tonight she’s back to play a selection of contemporary and classical pieces on Fernie’s community Yamaha grand piano at Mountainside Community Church. Li is an internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso and was named one of the top 30 pianists in the world in 2009. Performing regularly throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, the rising piano star’s repertoire ranges from early Baroque to contemporary piano

Ang Li will play in Fernie tonight.

music. “It’s rare to get a concert artist of this caliber in a small town,” commented organizer Sylvia Elias. “One of the goals of the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society is to bring excellent musicians to our town, allowing opportunities for music enjoyment that are normally available only in large cities. Ang Li is definitely that artist.” Tonight’s concert will feature classical music from Franz Schubert

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and Frederic Chopin, as well as contemporary pieces from Dmitri Shostakovich, Jerome Blais, and Clark Ross. Tickets are available at Odyssey Clothing and the Fernie Tea and Coffee House, as well as at the door. Li will take the stage at Mountainside Community Church at 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $20, seniors and teens $15, youth $8. Children five and under are free.

District of Elkford 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 P.250.865.4000 • F.250.865.4001 • •

COMING SOON! Winter in the Wild

February 15 & 16, 2013 Mark your calendar! You won’t want to miss out on the excitement…pancake breakfast, fireworks, snow games and more!

Beware... Snow Pile Danger

Please do not allow children to play in snow berms or snow piles. The snow blower/plow operator cannot see tunnels carved in the snow. Children playing in the snow are at risk of being injured during snow removal operations, or in the collapse of snow piles. Ensure your children play safe.

2013 Dog Licence Renewals

The 2013 Dog Licence Renewals have been sent out. The fee is $25.00 or $11.00 for a spayed or neutered dog licence. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if the licence is not purchased by the end of February. New dog owners are required to purchase a licence. For new licences please bring the certificate of spaying/ neutering.

NEW DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS Effective January 2nd, 2013 District of Elkford Office will be open Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Columbia Basin Trust Grant Applications Now Available!

Winter fun! Outdoor Skating Rink Open everyday Shinny 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Public Skating 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Shinny 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Located in the soccer field behind the Community Centre Toboggan Hill Lighted everyday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs support projects identified as priorities within individual communities. The programs are designed to help address the needs of Basin communities. They are flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions to better meet local priorities. Application forms are available on the District of Elkford's website,, or can be picked up at the District Office.

2013 Business Licence Renewals

The 2013 Business Licence Renewals have been sent out. The Annual Business Licence fee is $100. If you had a 2012 Business Licence and did not receive your 2013 renewal notice, please contact the District Office.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • January 28

General Meeting @ 6:00 pm

• February 12 General Meeting @ 6:00 pm • February 25 General Meeting @ 6:00 pm These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 24, 2013


Outback horseman Jazz drummer returns home rides through Fernie By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


Longrider Joe Guy will entertain Fernie audiences at Freshies on Friday and Saturday.  Submitted photo By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


oe Guy calls himself one of the world’s last longriders. The Australian horseman has ridden more than 10,000 kilometres across his home country as well as nearly 5,000 kilometres across the United States, and is now making his way across Canada, “chasing his dream” over the last 20 years. What makes him particularly remarkable is that he doesn’t have a horse that he has trained from a foal. He instead finds horses that are going to slaughter on his way, “fixes them” and rides them until he finds another one to fix. “I’ve never had a horse I couldn’t fix,” he said. “I give myself seven days to fix a new horse, and I can always do it. “I’ve saved hundreds of lives. Not just horses, but people who would have been injured by the wild horses.” Joe grew up in Sydney, Australia, and found himself getting into trouble on the city streets. “I was a city kid, stealing cars

and getting on the wrong side of the law,” he said. “At 17 I turned my life around, joined a gym and took up martial arts. Then I bought a couple of horses and headed off into the outback for two years and that was it.” Joe rides with just his horse and the basic essentials. He doesn’t use a packhorse and doesn’t even take a bed with him. “I try to find barns to sleep in,” he said. “And I never accept an offer of a bed. I always sleep with my horse.” With a lot of time to think, Joe has found himself writing music that he describes as “cowboy songs” and has now put together tales from his riding adventures into a book, ‘Just Another Dream.’ He hopes to become a motivational speaker and visit schools to encourage kids to stay away from a life of crime. He will be reading from his book, playing songs and telling tales at a couple of free shows in Fernie this week. Stop by Freshies on Friday or Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. His book and CD will be for sale.

azz drummer Morgan Childs is ready to play a few shows in familiar territory. During the East Kootenay leg of Childs’ Canadian tour, he’s bringing his quartet to Fernie. Originally hailing from Invermere, Childs is no stranger to the area. “I am super excited to play in Fernie because although I have been there and skied the mountain when I was younger, I haven't ever performed there.” Coming from a musical family with parents who both played and taught music, Childs began playing drums at the young age of three. “I grew up around an impressive record collection that included everything from classical music to jazz, rock, folk, and other oddities,” he commented. “I was always most drawn to the mysterious sounds on jazz records by people like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.” After spending 10 years in the Vancouver music scene, Childs made the move to Toronto in the fall of 2009. When he’s not composing or leading a jazz group, Childs teaches, and has served as a clinician at high school and university music programs in Canada and the U.S.

His current band, the Morgan Childs Quartet, is working their way across Western Canada. Following performances in Vernon, Nelson, Salmon Arm, Edmonton, and Invermere, they’ll be entertaining Fernie audiences. “It's a lot of travel and a lot of playing, but it's so much fun,” said Childs. “The band sounds great right out of the gate. We had people recently telling us it was the best jazz concert they'd ever seen, so by the time we get to Fernie we should be on fire.” Childs said the group’s sound is heavily influenced by the saxophone-led groups of legendary figures like Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson. “Kelly Jefferson has a little something from each one of those guys in his sound, so the stuff I write for him tends to reflect that influence. David Restivo is a great rhythmic pianist with access to a lot of colour on his instrument, and Jon Maharaj swings like crazy. “Our approach is to always groove and swing hard.” The Morgan Childs Quartet will play The Arts Station on Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Carosella, Freshies, The Arts Station, and online.

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RCMP REPORT Tuesday, January 1

• In Fernie at 12:39 a.m. a severely intoxicated person was seen lying on the ground. The person was transported to the hospital for care. • In Fernie at 12:40 a.m. an intoxicated person was seen wandering around. The individual was arrested and lodged in a cell until sober. • In Sparwood at 12:51 a.m. Canadian Pacific Railway Police advised the RCMP that six individuals were seen playing chicken on the tracks. They all appeared to be intoxicated. • In Fernie at 12:53 a.m. a large fire was seen on the roadway. Police attended to ensure the pub-

lic's safety as the fire department put out the fire.

“In Sparwood at 1:09 a.m. an individual who was playing chicken on the tracks was seen intoxicated and passed out in a snow bank. The person was taken to the hospital due to his state of intoxication.” Tuesday January 1

• In Fernie at 1:33 a.m. there was a group of people fighting in a parking lot. Upon police arrival

- Crime in the Elk Valley

the crowd had scattered. The ambulance did check over the victim who refused any further medical assistance. • In Fernie at 1:48 a.m. the hospital informed police that three 15-year-olds had come in seeking medical assistance due to intoxication at a party. Police found where they were partying, but they were no longer there. • In Sparwood at 2:08 a.m. police attended to a domestic assault. • In Fernie at 2:26 a.m. there was a fight reported after a person was ejected from a liquor establishment. Police investigated and there was no fight, but the person

was tossed out of the bar. • In Hosmer at 3:15 a.m. an assault between female family members was reported by the ambulance. The conflict was resolved personally. • In Fernie at 4:52 a.m. police attended to a wellbeing check. The person was found in the hospital, intoxicated. • In Sparwood at 6:10 a.m. a suicidal person was reported. The call was unfounded, there was nothing to suggest the person was suicidal. • In Fernie at 6:49 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 9:58 a.m. an individual who was just released from cells was

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• In Fernie at 2:03 a.m. a disturbance was reported when there was a noise complaint coming from a residence. Police spoke with the individuals involved and they agreed to be quiet. • In Grasmere at 8:42 a.m. a trailer was reported as being spray painted some time over the previous three weeks. The file is still open. • In Fernie at 1:05 p.m. an individual was reported for hitchhiking on the highway. Upon police arrival, the hitchhiker was gone.

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• In Sparwood at 1:31 p.m. there was a minor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 2:18 p.m. an uninsured vehicle was reported by the City. The vehicle was towed. • In Sparwood at 4:43 p.m. a complainant reported a disturbance. One person was taken into custody for being drunk in public. He was released when sober. • In Fernie at 5:18 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.

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• In Fernie at 1 a.m. an unwanted person was reported to have been knocking on the complainant’s door. Upon police arrival the person was gone. • In Fernie at 10:04 a.m. lost property at the ski hill was reported. • In Elko at 10:55 a.m. a vehicle slid over the embankment. No injuries were reported.

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could be a huge factor come playoff time. The Riders have lost only three times in regulation at home, and play eight of their final 11 games in the friendly confines of Fernie Memorial Arena. “Home ice is huge for us. Our rink is a lot different than other rinks in the league,” Georgopolous said, referring to the smaller ice surface. “And our fans are the craziest in the league.” The Ghostriders playoff push continues this weekend, when they host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and the Kimberley Dynamiters in back-toback games. As always, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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low starts have plagued the Fernie Ghostriders as of late. After stumbling out of the gate in the past few games, the Riders responded with a strong first period on Friday, en route to a 5 – 2 win over the Penticton Lakers. The Lakers briefly silenced the 877 fans in attendance, scoring just over two minutes into the opening period. It wouldn’t last. With the Lakers in penalty trouble, the Ghostriders special teams went to work. Derek Georgopoulos scored his 15th goal of the season, before Ben Primeau added a second powerplay marker halfway through the period. “When we went on the ice for that powerplay, I felt like we needed to realas of January 23, 2013 ly bare down and score,” Georgopoulos said. “The DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain puck just squirted out, and Team GP W L T OTL Pts I beat my guy to it and just Fernie Ghostriders 47 27 12 1 2 57 Golden Rockets 42 25 11 1 5 56 put it five hole.” 45 22 22 0 1 45 The Riders never looked Kimberley Dynamiters Columbia Valley Rockies 43 16 23 0 4 36 back. Tyler Gonzalez and Creston Valley Thunder Cats 43 15 22 0 6 36 Josh McKissock scored late in the second period, before DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Neil Murdoch GP W L T OTL Pts Aaron Neufeld put the Team 43 30 10 2 1 63 game out of reach midway Nelson Leafs Castlegar Rebels 43 28 8 6 1 63 through the third. Beaver Valley Nitehawks 44 28 1 3 1 60 Chris Solecki turned away Spokane Braves 42 12 25 3 2 29 25 shots for his 19th win Grand Forks Border Bruins 43 6 34 0 3 15 of the season, as the Riders DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Doug Birks outshot the Lakers 35 – 27. Team GP W L T OTL Pts “Recently we’ve had some North Okanagan Knights 42 28 11 1 2 59 pretty slow starts. We fell Sicamous Eagles 40 25 9 2 4 56 40 21 15 3 1 46 behind early again, but we Revelstoke Grizzlies 44 14 24 2 4 34 battled back and really need- Kamloops Storm 42 9 28 3 2 23 ed that win,” Georgopoulos Chase Heat DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan said. The Ghostriders (27 – 12 – Team GP W L T OTL Pts 1 – 2) now hold a one point Kelowna Chiefs 42 27 13 1 1 56 44 24 14 0 6 54 lead on the Golden Rockets Osoyoos Coyotes Princeton Posse 41 25 14 0 2 52 for first place in the Eddie Summerland Steam 42 18 21 1 2 39 Mountain Division. Penticton Lakers 43 10 28 1 4 25 Home ice advantage


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Fernie girls basketball hosts tournament By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he Fernie Senior girls basketball team hosted the annual Falcons Griz Classic recently. There were eight teams competing, six from the Kootenay region, Kimberley, Sparwood, Invermere, Golden, Slocan, and Fernie. Two Alberta teams, Crowsnest Pass and Strathmore made the trek west to participate. The Fernie girls opened up the tournament 8:30 Friday night with a game against Mt. Sentinel. Kaija Peirson had 14 points for

the Wildcats and leading the scoring for the Falcons was Kaylee Kormilo with 22 points helping push the Fernie team to a win with a score of 73 – 42. Player of the game for Fernie was Sydney Salvadore who pushed her defensive game to a personal best. Saturday afternoon saw the Falcons in a match against the Pandas from the Crowsnest Pass to see who would make it to the championship game. Raegan Jackson and Allison Farfus put up 17 and 13 points respectively in an effort that fell just short for Fernie. Emily Scheller had 22

points to set up a trip to the finals with a 62-45 victory. Showing a very strong post presence Kaila Fraser was player of the game for Fernie . Before the championship game the Sparwood Spartans and the Crowsnest Pandas faced off for third and fourth place which ended up with the Spartans coming out with a 70-57 victory to take home the bronze. The final game of the tournament had Fernie hosting the team from Stathmore. The game was intense and had the fans on the edge of their seats as the score see-

sawed back and forth. Leading the charge for the Spartans from Stathmore was Erin Warrack with 25 points and Karly Larson with 12 points. Emily Scheller, Laura Serafini and Kaylee Kormilo answered back for Fernie with 22, 15 and 14 points respectively. With less than 10 seconds to go, Kormilo, who was on the floor after flirting with foul trouble all game, got the pass and sunk a 16’ shot and regained a one point advantage which held and the Fernie Falcons celebrated the 22nd annual Falcons Griz Classic with a very hard fought victory.

The MVPs for the championship game were Erin Warrack for Strathmore while Laura Serafini got the nod for Fernie for her hustle on both ends of the court. Each team had a tournament MVP and for Strathmore that honour went to Karly Larson while Emily Scheller was the tournament MVP for Fernie for her strong performance all weekend long. Next action for the Fernie Falcons Senior girls basketball team will be on February 1 and 2 when they will travel to Princeton for the provincial cross zone invitational tournament.

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